Subject: West Side Update - August 26

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
August 26, 2013

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Bijan Mirtolooi
Community Group Director

Bijan Mirtolooi’s name is Persian, but he was born right here on the UWS of Manhattan. His family moved to California when he was 2 years old, but after high school he moved back to the Northeast. Bijan previously worked as the college ministry director of a church in New Jersey. He joined Redeemer’s youth ministry staff in 2009, and in August 2013, he became a Community Group Director for our WS Congregation. He holds an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and will be ordained as an Assistant Pastor in November 2013.

“As a Community Group Director I provide oversight, support, training and pastoral care for Community Groups in our congregation,” says Bijan. The Community Groups he works with include groups meeting on the 80s and 90s, groups in New Jersey, and all the Moms’ groups. Outside of work hours, he’s a baseball fan and an avid reader. “Loving books, I always enjoy browsing at Westsider Rare and Used Books on Broadway between 80th and 81st streets,” says Bijan. “I do lots of reading for work. But leisure time reading usually includes biographies and fiction.”

Fun Bijan Fact: “My first-ever car ride was actually in a NYC taxi, on my way home from the hospital. My grandfather was a cab driver!”

As a church of Jesus Christ, to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Hello ,

One of the many fun things I did over our vacation was to build a sand castle with my youngest daughter Charlotte. We diligently dug holes, gathered water, placed shells gingerly on top of each tower and then celebrated our masterpiece with our extended family. Two hours later the tide had come in and there was no evidence that we had ever built a castle.All of our labor and planning had vanished with the waves. It struck me as a perfect metaphor for the human condition. We all wrestle at some level with the questions: “Will anyone remember me? What difference am I making in the world?  Is anything I do permanent or will it all be washed away by the waves of time?” In those moments I am drawn to the simple scene on the cross, where one of the two men crucified along with Jesus simply asks: remember me when you come into your kingdom.  His response was simple and breathtaking – “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus died so that, among other things, we will never be forgotten or alone.

The life of mortals is like grass,
 they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, 
and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting
 the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children. – Psalm 103:15-17

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
Join HFNY for Dinner and to Talk Mentoring
Tuesday, August 27 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Join Hope for New York to learn about our children & youth programs and how you can get involved during the 2013-2014 school year. Dinner will be served. RSVP (required) HERE. Questions? Email Whitney at

Hope for New York: Pack Pantry at St. Paul’s House
Mondays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Help St. Paul’s House pack their pantry! Sign up to serve tonight or commit to serving once a month with your community group! Email for more info. Sign-up for Monday, August 26 HERE.

Hope for New York: Lead Dance or Music with the Salvation Army
Are you a dancer, guitarist, or piano player? Volunteers needed to help lead weeknight dance and music classes at The Salvation Army near Times Square. Please email for more information.

Hope for New York: Select the Next Entrepreneurs-in-Training
Saturday, August 31 from 1:00PM to 5:30PM

Defy gives formerly incarcerated men and women the opportunity to become entrepreneurs-in-training. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges in individual and group competitions. Must be in business, finance or an entrepreneur. Next opportunity is INFO HERE.


Ei Kickoff Event at 1865 Broadway
Thursday, September 5 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
​Calling all entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors, advisors, mentors and coaches! Join us for our annual Entrepreneurship and Innovation Kickoff! Info HERE

Redeemer-Wide Family Fall Kick Off at W83
Saturday, September 21 at 5:00PM

Join us for a family-friendly concert featuring Dana Dirkson & Band from Portland,OR and a discussion with Leo Schuster about Big Questions Kids Ask. Stay afterwards for pizza and fellowship and a HFNY outreach project. Please bring a pack of pencils to donate. Register HERE. Cost per family/$25. Invite your friends!

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